*uncomfortable with arrests of its Kaduna chieftains
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The main opposition,Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that not only Nigerians who express contrary opinion to those of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are unsafe, but foreigners are also targets.
The PDP Kaduna State chairman, Honourable Felix Hassan Hyat expressed this during a press conference on Tuesday at the party’s state Secretariat, in reaction to perceived clamp down on its members.
“We call on all peace loving Nigerians and concerned International Communityto recall the recent threats of the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to send back monitoring observers out of the country in “body bags”.
“Instead of the APC ruling Party to caution him and apologize to the Nigerian Public and International Community, it rather shamelessly corroborated his statement.
“A clear indication that not only Nigerians are unsafe in the hands of APC Government, but even the members of the International Community that may air a contrary opinion to its policies.,” he said.
Hyat recalled that in the first week of December, 2018 they started hearing rumours that the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai in collaboration with StateSecurity agencies will arrest strong PDP members, days before the elections. “We took it as mere rumours. The reality is now on ground and the action has started,” he said.
The PDP chairman narrated that on 2nd February, 2019, Alhaji Imam Lawal was escorted by security agents along Coronation Road, Kaduna in the evening. “His car was thoroughly ransacked but nothing incriminating was found.
“On Thursday, 7th February, 2019 Alhaji Audi Yaro, Makaman Rigachikun, a former State Chairman and National Ex-Officio was invited to the Kaduna State Police Command Headquarters.
His crime was recalling the Campaign speech of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2011 General Elections ,where Buhari as Presidential Candidate then has said in Hausa, “ku kasa, ku tsare, ku raka, ku jira, in ba a baku ba ku buge.”
“On Saturday, 9th February, 2019, Hon. Ben Bako, a strong PDP member a former Commissioner of information in the State and now Director of Media in the present PDP Campaign Organization, was picked by operatives from DSS and taken to Abuja that same night and is yet to be released.
“On Monday, 11th February, 2019, Alhaji Imam Lawal was again invited to the State DSS office where he was interrogated for sometimes before he was later released.
“On the same Monday, 11th February, 2019, Alhaji Audi Yaro, Makaman Rigachikun, was again invited by the State DSS operatives and taken to Abuja and is yet to be released,” he lamented.